Commercial Fisherman/Army Veteran Norval Helmer Nelson, of No. Douglas, Alaska has passed away

Norval Helmer Nelson, Sr, was born April 2, 1926 in Onalaska, Washington to Arnt Hilmer Sjoning Nilsen of Bodø, Norway and Selma Elizabeth (Holmblad) Nilsen of Bergsjõ, Sweden.  Ole and his brother Axel worked alongside their father to build on the beach the family’s first fishing boat-the F/V Saga–with trolling poles made from nearby spruce trees. Ole captained the F/V Saga, F/V Nova, F/V Silverspray, F/V Sparrow Castle, F/V Vermont, F/V Curlew. In 1974, Ole and his son Norvie bought the 82 foot crabber F/V Aleut Princess from Kodiak. Ole fished for crab up until he was 93 – atop the flying bridge of the F/V Christian in frigid rolling seas and snowstorms. He was never idle. Watch the video. >click to read< 21:47

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